Tobacco and Nicotine

Get involved in the fight against tobacco and nicotine with AAFP resources. Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States, making tobacco prevention, cessation, and policy issues a top priority in public health.

As family physicians, we have real power in the fight against tobacco and nicotine.

  • At least 70% of the people who use tobacco products in the United States see a physician each year.
  • If physicians would advise 90% of smokers to quit and offer them medication or other assistance, 42,000 lives could be saved each year.

In an effort to support family physicians who are taking a frontline approach to prevention and treatment of tobacco use and nicotine dependence, the AAFP provides valuable resources.

Office-Based Tools

Ask and Act

Ask and Act encourages family physicians to ask all patients about tobacco use, then to act to help them quit.

Learn More About Ask and Act

Access the Ask and Act Toolkit

Community Engagement

Tar Wars

Tar Wars is a tobacco prevention education program designed to help fourth- and fifth-grade students be tobacco-free.

Learn More About Tar Wars

Become a Tar Wars Presenter

AAFP Chapter/Residency Program Mini-grants

The AAFP offers annual, customizable mini-grants, available to chapters and family medicine residency programs, for tobacco prevention and control efforts at the state and local level.

Learn More About AAFP Tobacco Mini-Grants


AAFP members play a critical role in advocating for effective policies to prevent, treat and ultimately eliminate tobacco and nicotine addiction.

Evidence-Based Knowledge

The use of evidence-based strategies can more than double tobacco cessation rates.